Digital Daily Dozen 03/07/2014


Wireless spectrum is such a central part of our daily lives that we forget how much we depend on it. It’s not just our smartphones and tablets that use it. Baby monitors, cordless phones, security systems, smart meters and thousands of other essential gadgets need shared, or unlicensed, spectrum to deliver their vital services.

The Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy are urging the FTC to investigate Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of mobile messaging service WhatsApp. The privacy groups are asking government regulators to block the proposed acquisition until any privacy issues are resolved.,0,5616080.story#axzz2vDbKm9zF


Electronic espionage is different today than it was in the pre-Internet days of the Cold War. Eavesdropping isn’t passive anymore. It’s not the electronic equivalent of sitting close to someone and overhearing a conversation. It’s more likely to involve actively breaking into an adversary’s computer network.

Wheeler Proposing to Ban Coordinated Retrans Among Top Stations

FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing to prevent joint retransmission consent negotiations between two of the top four separately owned stations in a local market, and adopt a "rebuttable presumption" that coordinated negotiations by any two stations in a market are not in the public interest.

CW’s ‘Reign’ to put uncensored sexy episode online

In what could be a network TV first, The CW will present two versions of this week’s episode — an on-air cut that meets broadcast content standards and an uncensored “too hot for TV” version that will stream exclusively online. The difference between the versions? The editing of two sex scenes.

How Do You Unplug When You Live and Work Online?

Months after returning to the web, both parties said unplugging altered their Internet habits. Their unexpected and closely watched hiatuses from the online world also provided a catalyst for fans to examine their own online-offline balancing acts and to unplug as well — albeit in more nuanced ways.

MLB Pressed On Local Mobile Rights

Regional sports networks across the country are pressing Major League Baseball to get the rights to stream local games to portable devices. Currently, baseball fans can’t watch live games on their tablets or smartphones outside their home, and the RSNs fear they could be losing viewers.

Study: Majority of Millennials Haven’t Cut the Cord
While it’s not surprising that millennials watch a lot of TV online, it might be more unexpected that the vast majority of them haven’t cut the cord, according to a study from Verizon Digital Media Services. Most millennials also pay for an online streaming subscription.

YouTube Stars Meet Obama to Push Obamacare
President Obama and other White House officials convened a summit with YouTube personalities to advance the administration’s goal of signing up young Americans for the government’s health-care plan. The White House wants "digital influencers" to help spread the message.

Twitter’s Vine Prohibits Adult Material in Videos
Twitter social-video service Vine has updated both its rules and terms of service to prohibit adult-themed material. "As we’ve watched the community and your creativity grow and evolve, we’ve found that there’s a very small percentage of videos that are not a good fit."

Crimean authorities take TV channels off air

Crimean authorities should immediately restore broadcasting in the region by the independent Ukraine television stations Channel 5 and Channel 1+1, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a statement.

China blames terrorism on technologies to bypass Internet censorship

China is blaming technology used to bypass China’s censorship systems for recent terrorist attacks, suggesting that the government is considering tighter controls on the country’s Internet. Domestic terrorists from the nation’s western region are circumventing China’s online censors to view blocked videos on terrorism.

BBC TV Boss: More Channels Could Be Moved Online

After the decision to make BBC Three a digital-only service, Danny Cohen says more channels could go that route if the U.K. public broadcaster’s funding comes "under more threat."

The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.